Hallam FC manager Craig Denton has expressed that the family-friendly atmosphere that we provide around the club can help us push forward, both on and off the pitch.
Earlier we spoke to Craig to get his views on the club as a whole and his ambitions for the future.
Craig stated, “For me, I’m someone who is looking to come into a great well-run club like Hallam FC. The big pull is their attendances and they are fantastic.
“That is down to Hallam playing a pivotal role in the community, who have a great affiliation with grassroots teams. There are Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday fans who are more than happy to come and watch a football match at Hallam when they have no fixtures.
“You pay a small admission fee, get a cup of tea with a pie and you’re able to watch a game of football knowing you’re going to get looked after. This is so important to any football fan in general, being able to bring a family member along to a game and be comfortable with the Sandygate surroundings and the warm welcome at Sandygate is what every visitor remembers.
We would like to welcome two new staff to Sandygate, Shannon Brooks a sports therapist and Mitchell Radford who joins the media team.
Craig Denton appointed Shannon Brooks as the first team lead sports therapist at Hallam F.C.
Shannon will be assisted by sports therapist Lawrence Coyle who will continue in his role at the club after a very successful first season. Shannon has vast amounts of experience and will be a great addition to the Club.
Official statement from Steve and Jane Basford....
After 10 years at Hallam F.C., with 5 years as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Jane and I have decided to step down from our roles.
This is something that, we, along with the President and new Chairman, have been working towards for some months and we felt that the time was now right, not just for ourselves, but also for the club itself.
I am 100% certain that my successor Richard Pillinger will now take the club on to even bigger and better things in the future, along with the support of the amazing team that we have created to run this fantastic club.We have all, Staff, Managers, Players and you, our fantastic supporters, created something very special at Sandygate which is now truly a family club, firmly fixed in the local community.I know that Richard is determined to carry this on in the future, along with our commitment to carry on raising funds for local charities, as we have in the past 10 years.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Denton as Manager.
Craig has a proven track record of success and shares our aspiration to build upon the great foundations that we have in place to push the club forward.
Craig will have the support of Joint Assistant Managers Rob Poulter and Wayne Thompson, 1st Team Coach Ryan Hopkinson and Goalkeeping Coach James Humphreys.
On behalf of everyone at the Club we welcome Craig and his team to Sandygate and wish him every success for the coming season.
After a meeting this morning it has been agreed that our manager Stephen Whitehead will be leaving the club , by mutual consent, now that our season has ended.
We would like to thank him for his 4 years diligent service at the club, 2 as our manager, and for all the hard work he has put in here at Sandygate.
We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
The management board of the Tootlstation NCEL has published the following statement in regards to the Corona Virus situation
"After careful consideration, the management board of the Toolstation NCEL has decided to postpone all scheduled Premier Division, Division One and League Cup matches with immediate effect.
This decision has not been taken lightly but the health and well-being of all of our players, team officials, volunteers and supporters is of paramount importance.
The Board will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation whilst taking advice from the Government and the FA and will issue further updates as necessary.
A date for the resumption of fixtures will be announced as soon as it is considered safe to do so.
In a mirror image of the reverse fixture at the Fast Frame back in January, defences dominated in a goalless encounter between Hallam and Ollerton Town at Sandygate yesterday, write Ian Jones and John Wiseman for www.hallamfc.co.uk. The draw keeps the Countryman in eighth place, but they are now fifteen points adrift of that vital fourth and automatic promotion berth in Toolstation NCEL Division One, albeit with three games in hand on North Ferriby. Another useful point for Town takes them up to 14th place.
With skipper Sam Smith and Tom Wilson up front for the hosts, and watched by another good crowd of 229, it was Wilson who went close with just a minute played; but Ollerton, through Sam Foulds and Kyle Ludlow, had two decent chances just five minutes later. A deflected Wilson shot, well saved by Town’s Levi Owen, was the only other real opportunity in a first half badly affected by blustery conditions, and the teams went in level at the break despite an excellent performance from Harry Bamforth in the home midfield.
Last week, our beloved volunteer Ann Holland featured on ITV’s Calendar News “My Sporting Life” which took a look back at Ann’s six decades at Sandygate -yet more deserved recognition for the lady frequently described as “NCEL Royalty”.
We thought , then, that it might be worth revisiting a www.hallamfc.co.uk feature all about Annie back in February of last year. We hope you enjoy it.
Hallam-like every other club- places great value on the fantastic volunteers who are the life blood of our Non- League game. Up and down the League, supporters give up their time and effort in support of their local club, and usually once people get involved, they stay involved and become a valued part of the fabric of the club. The best clubs tend to create an environment in which volunteers are welcomed and appreciated, write Ian Jones and John Wiseman for www.hallamfc.co.uk